What does Bedford Cord mean?
A fabric weave with ribs down the length of the fabric. The ribs can be any width. Looks like an uncut unbrushed corduroy without a velvet feeling.
Heddels explains Bedford Cord
Bedford Cord (similar to corduroy) gets its name from the town of Bedford, England. As it is a very strong and durable fabric, it is commonly used in upholstery and work clothes. It is usually a combination of two kinds of Weave, namely “Plain” and “Drill”; however, others may be used.
Weft floats determine the width of the cords on the back, and wadding ends may be used to accentuate the prominence of the cords.
Visual illustration of a bedford cord: